It is easy for progressives to shake The Tea Party off as a bunch of wackos. Yet, in the new book At the Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs and Whitey-Whiteness of the New Republican Right â¦ And Why We Should Take It Seriously, a fairly grim picture is painted about the future of American politics. The new face of religious bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and so on, is thoroughly illuminated to be anything but laughable.
Arun Gupta, well-respected journalist and a founding editor of NYCâs The Indypendent, joins us to discuss his contribution to this collection and how we, as activists and concerned citizens, should learn from this ultra-right wing force to be reckoned with. Arun states, âThe Tea Party is scary in many ways, but they have an actual philosophy, which is almost completely nonexistent on the left. Leftists need to take the Tea Party seriously as a genuine force. And understanding them and what motivates their base, can help the Left understand possible paths out of its morass.â
Come in for a class you never thought you'd take, Learning from The Tea Party with Arun Gupta.